Tipperary manager David Power may have an additional weapon in his armoury for the Munster football final against Cork.
O'Riordan is currently on the books at Aussie rules club Sydney Swans though he has been back in Ireland in recent weeks.
The 25-year-old left Ireland for the AFL in 2015 and made his Sydney senior debut in 2018. He has played 23 AFL games in all. O'Riordan signed a new two-year deal with the team in the summer of 2019.
It now looks likely that Colin O Riordan will be available for selection for the Tipperary footballers in the Munster final v Cork on November 22nd #GAA
— Tipp FM Sport (@TippFMSport) November 12, 2020
He won an All-Ireland minor football title in 2011 before going onto play both U21 and senior football for the county. He also played hurling at U21 level.
O'Riordan was listed as a "team mentor" for Tipperary in their Munster quarter-final victory against Clare earlier this month. Tipp went on to defeat Limerick after exta-time in their semi-final last weekend.
Power said after the win against Limerick that the Swans did not want O'Riordan to play football while back in Ireland but that stance appears to have chance since.
Another AFL player - Mark Keane - played a major part in Cork's semi-final victory, scoring the winning goal with the last kick of the game to break Kerry hearts.
Cork manager Ronan McCarthy said he is waiting to hear if Collingwood will allow Keane to play against Tipperary.
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